<div> This unique exhibition takes you inside Antwerp’s churches in the time of Rubens. Enjoy centuries-old architectural paintings in the attractive Museum Mayer van den Bergh, then take a stroll through the city and discover six Antwerp churches in reality. Thanks to an app featuring 3D reconstructions, two vanished churches will also come to life before your eyes. </div>
For the Catholic Church, the sixteenth century was one of the most turbulent periods in history. As a result of the destruction of religious images known as the Beeldenstorm or Iconoclasm, artists were forced to turn to a new style. Painters such as Hans Vredeman de Vries and Hendrik van Steenwijck produced portraits of church interiors. These masterpieces of perspective give a unique insight into daily life in Antwerp’s churches, 450 years ago.
In the exhibition you can discover how St Charles Borromeo’s Church looked before the Great Fire, how the cathedral was remodelled after the Calvinist regime and how it then came to be used for revelling, gossiping, begging and games. It also became a meeting place, and the architectural painter caught this on canvas.
You can continue the exhibition experience as you stroll through the city. An app will take you on a tour of six Antwerp churches. Thanks to 3D reconstruction you will get an image of two churches that are no longer standing: the baroque Church of the Discalced Carmelites and St Walpurga’s Church. Your exhibition ticket (8 euros) gives you free admission to four monumental churches. And if you opt for a combined ticket with the Rubens House (10 euros), you will gain admission to six locations, taking you right through the historic centre of Antwerp.
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Shorter days and longer nights… Yes, autumn is here. But don’t worry, because in Antwerp we always make sure that every day and every night is simply unforgettable, with fun parties in unexpected places, concerts in palaces and exhibitions and culinary highlights in the city centre. And just when you think you’ve seen it all, we have another surprise up our sleeve for you. Book the Discover Antwerp package, spend the night in Antwerp and make the most of your stay with the Antwerp City Card that is included.
Antwerp has a solid national and international reputation as a creative fashion city. The well-known Fashion Academy and the amazing Fashion Museum as well as the inspiring shopping streets and the various fashionable events organised in the city all contribute to this. The new Antwerp Fashion Weekend event only helps confirm why so many visitors from neighbouring cities and further afield think of Antwerp as the shopping capital of Belgium.
Belgian beers are world-famous, and Antwerp is an excellent place to improve your acquaintance with them. The De Koninck Antwerp City Brewery offers an ideal introduction to the world of beer. Het Pakhuis is another brewery where you can taste authentically brewed beer. In addition, there are plenty of typical ‘brown cafés’ which often have dozens and in some cases hundreds of Belgian beers on the menu. Examples include Bier Central, ’t Waagstuk, Paters Vaetje, de Kulminator and Gollem.
The cathedral is celebrating the 450th anniversary of the Diocese of Antwerp with this prestigious exhibition. Magnificent altarpieces held in museums since the French Revolution are returning to the cathedral. A unique opportunity to admire these showpieces in their original setting!
Step into the shoes of the leading Baroque artist of his era. Rubens and his family lived in this palatial setting for well over 25 years and it is here that the artist created the lion’s share of his work. Here he entertained Europe’s nobility and Royalty and stored his impressive art collection in a beautiful art room. The garden, the creators’ workshop and the fabulous collection draws 150 000 visitors from all over the world, year after year.
Nothing is more fun than a market.You get a taste of the city and its local offerings.Antwerp has several weekly and monthly markets spread all over the city.They’re highly recommended for those who want to experience the real Antwerp.
Antwerp’s latest architectural jewel is the Port House. This funky and innovative building, with roots in the past, is the new headquarters of the Antwerp Port Authority that accommodates over 500 employees. You can also plan a guided tour of the building and enjoy the panoramic view over the port and the city.